H.S. asks from Bolingbrook, IL on February 03, 2009
Poopy Diaper Play
Well, my 28 mth old has taken her diaper off twice in the past two days at nap time when they she pooped in them and played all around in it. The first time is was all over the crib. We took the side off and made it into a toddler bed and yesterday she smashed it into her carpet...EVERYWHERE! It was so bad that we had to tear the carpet out. We were planning on replacing it in the spring, but now it has to be done now. So we are replacing with wood laminate since it will be easy to clean if she does this again. Anyways, we are at a loss as to how to deal with her. She's happy that she gets a shower after playing in it and I told her no more showers if she plays in her poo poo and that poo poo stays in the diaper or goes in the potty. She is potty training well and pees most of the day in the toilet. She's pooped two - three times in the potty. My husband needs to be able to sleep when she does since he works nights and I work days, so he can't be monitoring her every minute. What can we do?!? She can't keep destroying carpet and I am not going to put laminate down in the whole house.
Another point...she wants to clean it up. She loves to clean. I think that would just make her enjoy it more. UGGG. And yes, yesterday when I looked in the room, I laughed...b/c it was better than crying. My hubby is taking this way worse than me. Thanks for the suggestions...keep them coming please!
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M.S. answers from Chicago on February 03, 2009
This is her way of telling you she's all done with diapers. When my son did this it was hard. My mom suggested this....it sounds mean but it worked when she did it to me and my brothers and it worked for my son as well. We laugh about it now. When she does this you need to tell her that SHE will clean it up! Then she does not get a bath/shower she has to sit in it for up to 30 mins. She will NOT like smelling like poo poo nearly as much as she likes to play in it. This took my son 6 times until he realized that this was NOT fun aymore!! :) Good luck.
N.S. answers from Chicago on February 03, 2009
Your e-mail brought back memories for me. I did laugh reading your request. I know it is NOT funny to you now. I went through the same thing with my daughter when she was two and potty training. We moved into a new house and during nap she played with her poop and smeared it on the walls, furniture, toys, etc... It is a temporary thing and will not last long. Try putting things on backwards. What worked for me was making her clean it up. It may help.
Trust me in a couple of years you will think back on these moments and you will laugh just like I did reading your e-mail. Good luck!!
M.H. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
LOL! yeah, my daughter went through that phase too. in fact, she probably still would if she could. we make sure she wears pants at all times! however, she can take those off. At night, we put on those sleeper pajamas, that zip up with the feet. Well, we had to cut the feet off and put it on backwards (she knows how to unzip it too). That solved our problem. Good luck!
D.P. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
When my son started pulling his diaper off in the crib, someone on MS suggested that I cut off the feet to a zip-up pajamas and put it on backwards so that he could not get to it. After trying many different things, this was the one that worked because he hated feeling restricted. I told him as long as he keeps taking off the diaper, he must wear the jammies. It took about 5 or 6 times of this but it did work. I would also check on him periodically to keep problems to a minimum. Good luck.
N.W. answers from Chicago on February 03, 2009
Oh ugh! I feel for you! What a mess!
I used to babysit a young boy who used to do that. The parents had me duct-tape the diaper on, if I didn't he'd pull the diaper off and play with it or go in his bed. He was about 18 months old. I was a pain to change because you had to rip off the duct tape. But it worked for keeping the diaper on.
When he learned he couldn't get the diaper off anymore he lost interest. Within a month they no longer had to duct tape it. He potty trained fine.
That's my only suggestion. I wish you luck!
C.G. answers from Chicago on February 03, 2009
Honestly: duct tape. It's the only thing that kept my daughter in her diapers at that age.
K.F. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
My sister told me that she read about a couple that was going through a similar experience. She said that they would run their childs butt under cold water or give a cold bath. I know it sounds a little extreme, it seems to have very good and FAST results. My daughter is only 14 months old but is already starting to strip, Im sure I am going to be having the same problem soon. For now, Im just keeping the onsies on her at all times.
S.G. answers from Bloomington on February 06, 2009
With cloth diapers most parents will just choose to use snap fastening diapers. Toddlers seem to have a harder time undoing the snaps then a hook and loop or a tape-like closure on disposable diapers.
T.C. answers from Chicago on February 03, 2009
LMAO... I WAS going through the same thing with our daughter! I swear she thought it was Play Doh or paint! We have since learned to put her feety jammies on backwards with the zipper in the back. It is a pain but it sure beats cleaning up poop!
With her potty training she knows that poop does not belong in her pants/diaper, that it belongs in the potty. She wants to get it out- hence the "playing" in it!
Good luck and smart idea on the hardwood floors! lol Blessings to you!